Leap and the net will appear.
This phrase suggests several things:
- that we don’t need to have all the answers or complete plans before we act
- that we need to trust something or somebody when we do act
- that we will be supported in our efforts, especially in our “right actions,” as the Buddhist philosophy describes it
- that sometimes we need to take chances in life and believe that the outcome will be for our good
But when we don’t see, sense, or believe in a net, it’s easy to get discouraged and afraid.
Trust can be fleet of foot, quick to disappear like smoke in a breeze. More often than not it’s ourselves that we don’t trust.
We’re afraid of somehow losing something, afraid that we will need to make big, scary changes in our lives in exchange for, what—uncertainty?
Trust and not knowing are difficult scales to balance our lives on.
Sometimes the net is not apparent at first, despite our having taken the leap. It may not show up in the form you had expected.
Or you may have thought you crash landed, only to later find you landed exactly where you needed to be.
Sometimes the net was there all along, waiting with its metaphorical arms outstretched, urging us to fall with our own arms, both real and metaphorical, outstretched.
As Ray Bradbury once wrote, “You’ve got to jump off the cliff all the time and build your wings on the way down.”
So take the leap. Trust yourself and all the forces of the Universe waiting to support you.
Your parachute is packed with everything you need to succeed, no matter how long it may take to open.
Wherever and however you land, you are in for an adventure—one designed especially for you. You need only to be willing to claim it.
Until then, just free-fall and enjoy the ride.